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Our goal : organizing the exchange of information on thermal spraying at the European level.

ETSA is managed by the Board of Delegates, composed of twelve members elected in a secret vote by the College of Members during the assembly general for four years. They can be re-elected. Members by right: the national representatives of the European countries (one representative per country being active in thermal spraying) are proposed by the national members of the association and accepted by the elected members of the Board of Delegates for four years.

Board of Delegates represents key European universities, research centers and companies involved in thermal spraying, performing research and producing feedstock, equipments and coatings on European and international level. The institutions represented by the delegates gather together hundreds of scientists and engineers dedicated to R&D activities dedicated to base research, applied research, equipment and application development , problem solving in the field of thermal spraying, materials science and engineering...

8 Rencontres Internationales de la Projection Thermique, 6 - 8 December 2017


8 Rencontres Internationales de la Projection Thermique, 6 - 8 December 2017

8th RIPT (Rencontres Internationales de la Projection Thermique) was held in Limoges (France) from 6th to 8th December 2017 under the auspices of ETSA. The conference was organized by the organization committee co-chaired by L. Pawłowski and R. Vassen together with N. Calvé (webmaster), A. Denoirjean, A. Denis, C. Le Niniven, B. Pateyron, P. Blanchart, C. Constantinescu, and M. Wehr - Pawłowski. The conference took place in modern Ceramic European Center in Limoges and was supported by the French – German University in Saarbrücken, region of Aquitaine, University of Limoges (SPCTS, Labex and Avrul) Tourist Office of Limoges, CNRS and the Schools of Engineers ENSIL/ENSCI.

The conference started the 6th December with the ETSA Assembly General. The same day, two public conferences were given. Prof. P. Vuoristo from University of Tampere (Finland) presented his experience with alternative coating materials in thermal spraying for sustainability and eco-efficiency. Then, Dr C. Arasa from Elsevier in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) was talking about important topics related to publishing in the field of Surface Engineering and, in particular, in the journal that she manages, namely, Surface and Coatings Technology.

The conference attracted 146 participants from 30 countries. The 12 overseas countries included Australia, Algeria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, and USA and the 18 European countries included Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and UK.

Two plenary lectures were given by Prof. T. Klassen from Helmut Schmidt University of Bundeswehr in Hamburg in Germany on cold spraying for additive manufacturing and repair and by Prof. Christopher Berndt from Swinburne University in Australia on challenges for thermal spray.

The 23 invited and 83 oral presentations were given in the following sessions: (i) Spray processes – 6 sessions; (ii) Solution & Suspension spraying – 5 sessions; (iii) Cold spray - 4 sessions; (iv) Characterization of coatings – 3 sessions; (v) Applications of coatings – 2 sessions; (vi) Modeling – 2 sessions; and, (vii) Biomaterials – 2 sessions. The 34 posters were presented in the poster session. All authors having presented their oral or poster contribution at 8RIPT may submit their paper to the special issue of Surface and Coatings Technology of Elsevier which will open the special slot starting on January, 1st, 2018 and the guest editors will be Prof. L. Lusvarghi and both co-chairmen of the meeting.

The best oral presentation awards were attributed to Ms. M. Chambard, from University of Toulouse in France, Mr Ze Xin YU, from University of Belfort Montbéliard in France, and to E. Canas, from University Jaume I in Castellon (Spain).

The awards of the best posters were attributed to H. Myalska from Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice (Poland), Xingchen YAN, from University of Technology of Belfort Montbéliard, and to T. Tesar from Institute of Plasma Physics in Prague (Czechia).

The Organization Committee decided also to attribute the awards to the industrialists presenting their activity at the exposition, namely to Ms. C. Demian from TeroLab Surface, the society working in the field of biomaterials, in Villeneuve-Le-Roi in France and to Mr. K. Rozema from society Dycomet selling the cold spray equipment in Akkrum (The Netherlands).

The social events included the cocktail party given by AVRUL of Limoges. Finally, the traditional conference dinner was given in Le Poudrier restaurant near to Vienne River. The dinner enabled to meet all the participants and to initiate new professional contacts.

The conference had friendly atmosphere and the participants promised to come to Jülich in Germany where the 9RIPT will take place in 2019.

 

Lech Pawłowski

 

President of ETSA

 

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The website of the European Thermal Spray Association provides the useful information to all colleagues interested in thermal spraying in the large societies, job shops, or university laboratories. The ETSA members have access to the additional services such as job proposition, information about services related to thermal spraying in different European countries, forum of users which enbles research of missing information related to thermal spraying and much more.

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